Date added: 11/7/2014
Iowa Gas & Rich Penn Auctions Gear Up for August 2015
L-R: Ron Hoyt, Sharon Penn and Rich Penn
Ron Hoyt from the Iowa Gas Swap Meet and Rich & Sharon Penn made an important announcement at Penn's October Auction. “We're joining forces.” said Penn. “We'll be working with Ron and his partner John Logsdon to put on the auction at Iowa Gas in August of 2015 in Des Moines, IA.” Iowa Gas is widely known as the nation's biggest and best Gas & Oil Show and Auction. Rich Penn Auctions is known for putting on high quality auctions with a global following and also conducting them in Des Moines.
Ron Hoyt offered, “Rich and I have been talking for quite a while. When we talked at his October auction, Rich was showing me the over 2,000 bidders from over 40 countries. So when you look at our show in Des Moines, and Rich & Sharon coming from Waterloo, to do their auctions in Des Moines... it's like we're next door neighbors. He can bring the entire world to our Gas & Oil people.” Penn added, “We've known Ron for a long time and we've been coming to the show for years. It seemed like a natural fit. Sharon and I are both excited about it. So is our auction crew.” John stated, “It 's our intention to keep Iowa Gas the biggest and best. We feel it's absolutely necessary to offer our buyers and sellers the best possible experience. When we make changes for Iowa Gas...that's always our main concern. After researching options we decided this was the best choice and will enhance the auction experience for everyone at the show.”
Penn has been in the auction business since 2000 and was one of the first auction houses to introduce online live bidding. Their following is now world wide. Penn belongs to both the National Auctioneer's Association and the Iowa Auctioneers Association. His company has won dozens of National awards for their marketing and advertising. “We're looking forward to shifting into a new level of activity for Iowa Gas,” said Penn, “We're fueling up for the long haul and we've already started lining up consignments for this auction.” He went on, “We don't have as much room in this auction as we do in our 1,500 – 2,000 lot auctions. So we expect it will fill up quickly.”
Interested participants should contact Rich Penn or Ron Hoyt.
Rich Penn 319-291-6688 or Rich@RichPennAuctions.com
Ron Hoyt 515-276-2099 or Ron@CarterPrinting.net
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Date added: 05/16/2011
Press Release: May 16, 2011
Today the National Aucitoneers Association (NAA) announced that Rich Penn Auctions will be given six first place USA Today awards for Penn's marketing programs in 2010.
NAA Awards Release Page
Date added: 05/06/2011
Mosler Sample Safe - World Record Bid!
Auctioneer Jodi Sweeney assists Fred Van Metre catch the winning world record bid of $35,000 for the salesman's sample Mosler safe. The safe sold at The Rich Penn Auction Event for the Wayne & Shirley Woodrum collection. Over 400 in house bidders and over a thousand online bidders, from 15 countries, competed for the 1,500 + lots just sold at the Dayton Expo Center May 5, 6 & 7.
Date added: 04/28/2011
The saleroom lights are likely to have to be dimmed during three days of auctions in Ohio next week, so the auctioneer will not be blinded by the lots: about 500 neon clocks, from the collection of the clock repairman Wayne Woodrum.
For previews starting Thursday, Rich Penn Auctions will hang the timepieces on pegboards around an expo center near Dayton. The clocks, mainly made between the 1930s and ’50s, advertise now-obscure products with slogans like “White Oak Smokeless Coal, the Suns Only Rival” and “Red Goose Shoes, They’re Half the Fun of Having Feet.”
Mr. Woodrum has been fixing, collecting and selling clocks for four decades, trolling flea markets with his wife and two children. “And sometimes we’d even take the dog,” he said during a recent phone interview. As the proprietor of Wayne’s Neon Clocks in New Carlisle, Ohio, he received phone calls from owners of decrepit commercial strips who had just made discoveries on their roofs.
The callers, he said, would announce: “There’s an old clock laying up here. If you want it, come and get the thing.” He has also studied the history of neon-clock manufacturers. They would offer unconditional guarantees for repairs and replace a clock that had been stolen. “Interstate highways put them out of business,” he said; the neon slogans were no longer legible from the road. Every time he thinks he has encountered all of the clock models in existence, he said, “As soon as I go ’round the corner, there’ll be something I run across, something I’ve never heard of before, just sitting on someone’s table as if it were as common as a pair of shoes.”
The clocks are mostly expected to bring a few thousand dollars each. Values are higher for faces with spinning wheels, and hands and numerals that light up. Multiple layers of concave glass can also increase prices, in certain regions. “A lot of folks in the Carolinas,” he said, “just went nuts over double-bubbles.”
By EVE M. KAHN
Published: April 28, 2011
New York Times: Original Source